Constructed in 1891, this former coal fired power station dates back to the Victorian era when it operated on the banks of the Yarra River, until its closure in 1976. Occupying over 1 hectare of land, the former Richmond Power Station lay derelict for many years until the State Government decided to revitalise this vacant, rundown site in 2012.
This magnificent building is ingrained into Melbourne’s rich history and as such, the renovation required particular sensitivity on our part. Following the restoration of Woolloomooloo Wharf, we had the knowhow, ability and foresight to revitalise this abandoned industrial site, while maintaining its original character and charm.
Housed in the shells of the former turbine hall and corrugated iron building of the original power station, we restored and extended the structure. Designed by architects Metier 3, we converted the brick turbine hall into a substantial open planned office space and stripped back the iron building to uncover its impressive steel frame and cladding – introducing exposed stainless steel roof trusses throughout – to represent the industrial heritage of the building.
Transformed into a modern, A-Grade commercial office that pays homage to its industrial roots, the building was designed with Country Road’s relaxed, open and creative ethos in mind. Spread across 10,000sqm over two floors, the newly extended glass façade allows an abundance of natural light to pour into the open planned office, contributing to an efficient working environment.
Located along the busy Church St Richmond, the Country Road HQ is situated on a prime elevated site that overlooks the Yarra River. With direct access onto the Monash Freeway – which sits adjacent to the site – the office is well connected to the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The area is now known for its mixture of period and modern housing, offices, art galleries and bars.
- Heritage building
- Commercial development
- 10,000sqm office space
- Purpose built for Country Road